PLAYback - Fall 2011 - (Page 30)
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Museum of Making Music Reopens to Rave Reviews
FOLLOWING ITS SUMMER-LONG RENOVATION, THE MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC DEBUTED A FRESH LOOK AND FEEL, AS WELL AS EXCITING, NEW INTERACTIVE EXHIBITS.
The Museum of Making Music, housed in the NAMM headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., held its grand reopening on August 20, much to the delight of visitors. The celebration included activities for children of all ages, as well as special performances. In addition, professional musicians were stationed at each of the instrument areas throughout the museum to give visitors one-on-one instruction and demonstrations. The museum had closed in June so work could be completed on the five existing galleries, which depict the multifaceted history of American music, and to create a new exhibit space dedicated to housing the museum’s selfcurated temporary exhibitions. The changes are aimed at increasing visitor engagement with musical instruments and updating the story of musical innovations to the present day. “Our renovation project allowed us to expand what has always been one of the most positive visitor experiences at the museum: actual engagement with musical instruments,” says Carolyn Grant, executive director of the Museum of Making Music. “For more than ten years, the museum has shared the history of music and instrument innovation through educational programs, exhibitions and live performances, and now gives visitors even more hands-on time with instruments and allows them to connect with the music-making process.” The museum’s fifth gallery underwent the most enhancements and now includes nearly 1,100 square feet of state-of-the-art interactive displays, giving visitors a chance to explore their own musicality by picking up instruments and playing. In addition, breakthrough musical instruments were added to four of the galleries to showcase innovations that significantly impacted music making during a given period. Modern equivalents of these breakthrough instruments are now available for guests to play during their visit.
Learn more at www.museumofmakingmusic.org.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PLAYback - Fall 2011
PLAYback - Fall 2011
From the President
Music in the News
Cover Story: The Top 100 Dealer Awards, A New Summer NAMM Tradition
New Domestic Members
NAMM at a Glance
PLAYback - Fall 2011